Electricity: Nigeria loses 4,379MW to distribution, gas constraints

Nigeria lost 4,379 megawatts (MW) capacity of electricity on Saturday. This was partly due to distribution constraints and inadequate gas supply.

Data obtained from the Independent System Operator (ISO), a business unit of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) shows 16 of the Generation Companies (GenCos) had more than one of their turbines turned down as the Distribution Companies (DisCos) could not pick 2,551MW of electricity, causing frequency variation on the grid.

The drop in load demand from the DisCos hugely affected Shiroro hydro GenCo which had to cut down 365MW: Geregu Gas had three turbines turned down and stopped the generation of 345MW; and Azura Edo lost 311MW occasioned by frequency management issue.

Published in Daily Trust, 7th August, 2018